This year, the Austin Food + Wine Festival’s Taste of Texas event featured live music by Jamestown Revival, plenty of Stella Artois, wines by Rioja Wines and signature Hendricks Gin cocktails. Guests tasted mouthwatering bites prepared by the best chefs from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and more. Didn’t make it to the party this year? Don’t worry; I’ve got your recap right here.
Even though I was there, eating, drinking and people-watching for several hours, I still didn’t get to see or taste everything at Taste of Texas. So here are a few of my favorite sights, captured by the cameras of fellow Instagrammers at the fest!
@mixtlicloud’s team looking confident as hell in their badass matching aprons.
@brenna_bren85’s cool shot of Hendricks and lemonade. And yes, it was exactly as refreshing as it looks.
@shredschraeder’s group shot of the whole Sway team in their beautifully decorated booth.
@charles.reagan took this shot from above as Ramen Tatsu-ya’s smoked pickled eggs were being prepped.
And finally, @atasteofkoko’s Jane Ko captured some of the night’s very best bites in one fabulous shot.
My Top 3 Bites
Smoked Ajitama Egg with Grilled Maitake Mushrooms and Chicken Skin Chicharron
Chef Tatsu Aikawa, Ramen Tatsu-Ya, Austin, TX
Chef Aikawa created a dish featuring a smoked egg with grilled mushrooms and shreds of chicken chicharron. The yolk was perfectly custard-like with a salty-sweetness that was worth waiting in an insanely long line to taste.
Farmhouse Cheese with Spring Vegetables
Chef Richard Blankenship, CBD Provisions, Dallas, TX
My second favorite bite of the night featured fresh cheese, braised radish, fermented carrots, pickled bunching onions and bronze fennel, each delivering its own light, flavorful crispness. This decidedly meatless dish held its own in a sea of meaty dishes in a meat-obsessed city in the meatiest state on the planet. That’s truly saying something.
Honey Jalapeño Lamb Chop
Wayne Mueller, Louie Mueller Barbecue, Taylor, TX
Simple and perfect, this beautifully barbecued lamb lollipop made by Wayne Mueller of the world-famous Louie Mueller Barbecue was the most delicious bite of my night. Well, maybe it took two or three bites to polish this baby off, if we’re being honest.